In this chapter we give advice on a more special use of the Vintage Paint. On:
- wooden floors and laminate
- flagstones and tiles
- textile and leather
- the kitchen and bathroom
- toys and children’s furniture
- objects/materials outdoors
Wooden floors and laminate
Wooden floors that you paint with Vintage Paint are normally finished with a lacquer or varnish.
With wooden floors that have been treated with OIL and are then painted with water based paint, the oil will be ‘pulled’ through the paint and it will turn out yellow, no matter what color it is. The oil needs to be removed.
Another option is treating the floor with anti-stain primer, water based.
When a wooden floor is untreated or oiled, it’s also possible to finish it with transparent wax. There won’t be any yellow, then.
A wooden floor with chalk paint that is finished with transparent wax will fade or get old, parts of the paint will let go earlier. Transparent wax is the same thing as antique wax or transparent turpentine wax.
Laminate is 100% plastic. It’s possible to paint it with Vintage Paint, only the paint will not get into the laminate, as with wooden floors. This causes the floor to damage easier. Paint the laminate in several thin layers and let dry an extra amount of time in between the layers, at least 2 hours. Finish the laminate with lacquer or varnish. Therefore, we wouldn’t advice painting laminate floors that are being walked on very intensively.
Tiles and flagstones
Paint a square pattern? Paint the whole floor, joints included, then start painting the squares. You won’t have to tape if you do it like this. Tiles can only be finished with wax or the ultra-matte varnish. Don’t cover it the first 24 hours and don’t wet the first week. After some time, the floor can be cleaned again. Even with chlorine water. You can remove stains with a sponge.
WARNING: painting tiles isn’t possible with all kinds of chalk paint, with the Vintage Paint, it is.
Textile and Leather
With painting high poles, like velvet, the paint will burst and get really hard. In this case, the chair has to be just for decoration.
Sofas aren’t suitable for painting, since they will burst fast, due to the movements.
Begin to test the paint, to see how it works and get used to it. Sometimes, people find it easier if the textile is being slightly wet. You have to decide for yourself what works best for you.
Textile has a longer drying time. With textile, it can be more beautiful to not fully cover it, it might look plastic and has less structure.
Don’t apply more than 3 layers, it will break easier, then. This is because it will get too thick.
If it turns out the way you wanted and the paint has dried, finish the textile with a transparent wax. This might sound strange, but it works perfectly great. The wax will make sure it’s dirt-repellent and flexible.
The chair can be used again, like you did before, after a few days.
If you are not sure or just a bit scared to paint textile (your chair), feel free to email us a picture. We will always give you an honest advise.
Leatherette is more vulnerable than leather, so painting this is not recommended.
Also, we would advise to finish with transparent wax, in order to prevent this a bit. The wax will also prevent stains, will completely get into the paint and won’t leave marks on your clothes.
Painting the leather of a chair is not much different from painting, for example, wood. Thin layers is better than thick layers. The leather will remain flexible if it’s finished with wax.
An old leather chair, nonetheless, can slightly burst. Especially when the leather was a bit damaged already.
Whether or not the leather will crackle also depends on the leather type and the way the chair is lined, loose or tight. A chair like that looks very beautiful, in our opinion.
Kitchen and Bathroom
In the kitchen, due to the intensive use, painting the counter top isn’t recommended. It will damage fast. As well as the wall behind the hot plate/cooker because of the hot grease.
Tiles in the kitchen are best finished with wax.
Painted floor tiles will get an old look (the more intensive the use, the more old the tiles look). Bathroom tiles are great for the Vintage Paint as well. Although, we would advise thinking twice about whether or not to paint the shower part of the bathroom, since it’s best not to wet it until the end of the curing time.
Toys and Children's Furniture
Outside, the paint will disintegrate, the natural way. Finishing with (antique) wax is also suitable outdoors and the paint will disintegrate less fast.
Need advice? Send us pictures and ask away. We will always give an honest advice.